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Talks of Baldwin-Milledgeville consolidation continue

It's been a week since Milledgeville and Baldwin County residents said they don't want to merge, but will consolidation make its way back on the ballot? Supporters are saying yes.

"At this point, what we would like to do is go back to the drawing board and craft a document that is better," said Councilman Walter Reynolds.

Reynolds was let down after 64 percent of voters in the city said no to the unification charter he promoted. But that defeat, he says, is an opportunity to fix the charter's kinks.

"If we can find some common ground to move this community forward, then we'd really love to have the opposition come and join the team," said Reynolds.

He says he's willing to address concerns, like merging the police and sheriff's department.

Also Reynolds knows some have issues with the new district lines and strong opinions on how it would affect the minority vote.

That's one of the reasons former Milledgeville Mayor Floyd Griffin stood against the charter.

"It was a manner of how the district county map was drawn," said Griffin.

He says the minority vote would've been diluted. As for moving forward with consolidation, he prefers the topic rest for some time.

"That dog won't hunt anytime soon," said Griffin.

But Reynolds stands with his belief that a unified government could eliminate feuds between the county and city.

"The best way to remove that us versus them mentality is to put everyone on the same team," said Reynolds.

He thinks the new charter will happen, but he believes that could come years down the road.


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